Well, it looks like we're gonna have to postpone this one, since it seems no one can make it on the short notice. Two upcoming options are: (1) getting together to watch this Saturday's afternoon game against the Caps; and/or (2) going as a group to watch the Isles-Caps game at the Verizon Center on Tuesday, March 26.
What: Meet-up for DC-area LHHers to watch the Isles-Rangers game
When: Thursday, March 7 @ 7:00 pm
Where: 51st State Tavern, 2512 L Street NW. (I have not been there, but it looks to be close to the Foggy Bottom Metro.)
Why: Because it's the Isles playing the Rag$. (Duh.) And we need a few strong voices to represent the Blue and Orange.
Who: Hopefully, you. Sound off in the comments section so I know how many seats to save.
(edited 3/7/13 @ 2:00pm)
Hey Guys....Just for Fun....I was wondering How Isles fans would Rename the Team if they had to rename the team as a condition of the move to Brooklyn. Note: U dont have to call them the Broooklyn _____. If U want to retain New York as your team Location that is OK?
Guessing not in time for the holidays, but looks like you'll be able to get a Bern Tavares jersey soon. http://www.scbshop.ch/
More Fascinating work from Eric at NHLNumbers, he has examined an alternate method of determining the quality of competition players face, using Time on Ice. This Chart shows the time of Ice of defensemen faced while each player is on the ice, and the time of ice of forwards faced while each player is on the ice. The greater time on ice, the better a player is thought by his coaches to be. Why is this fascinating? Well, consider: The top forwards of a team will face the top defensemen, but not naturally the top forwards of an opponent (but rather the defensive forwards). The top defensive forwards of a team will face the top opposing forwards, but not the top opposing defensemen. Only two way players will face both top forwards and defensemen. In this chart, showing the Islanders in 2011-2012, we see the following: Tavares-Moulson face top defensemen and top forwards (the sign of 2 way players facing the best of the best of all worlds.) Nielsen and Grabner meanwhile face the top forwards, but not the top defensemen - because after all, they're the defensive group. The other forwards all lag behind (Though PAP fits in the middle).
So my Pop won this hat at a charity auction. It's signed by the 2011-2012 Islanders. For those of you who don't know my Pop is a die hard Rags fan and gave the hat to me. Names I made out: Calvin de Haan and PA Parenteau and that's about it. Anyone out there know any more?
Mika Zibanejad scores the game-winning goal for the Swedish team to bring Sweden its first gold in 30 years! What a nail-biter of a game. The Russian goal (Makarov) faced 57 or 58 shots while his team put up only 17. That goalie deserves a ton of credit for getting his team deep into OT before giving up a goal. On an Islander note: Sundstrom was Zibanejad's linemate for most of OT until right before the goal. I'm not necessarily a fan of the Swedish team (love the chef, though), but I was excited when they won. Fantastic hockey game.